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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Mayor to Launch Neighborhood Climate Fund at Major Rally
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4/13/2007  3:00:00 PM
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Mayor to Launch Neighborhood Climate Fund at Major Rally
Popular City Matching Fund Expanded to Help Fight Global Warming

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels tomorrow will launch the city’s Neighborhood Climate Protection Fund at a major rally for climate protection. This powerful new tool promotes neighborhood-based action to fight global warming.

The climate fund is the newest program within the city’s popular Neighborhood Matching Fund. It will make available matching funds of up to $15,000 per project for community-based efforts that help cut carbon emissions from heating and driving or efforts that deepen people’s understanding about global warming and climate solutions.

“Turning the tides on climate change will require everyone to start thinking about solutions that cut emissions and improve quality of life in our city,” Nickels said. “The next great idea is already out there and this new program will help get the creative juices flowing. It will give community members the support they need to convert those ideas into real climate solutions.”

Nickels will announce the new fund at “Step It Up 2007,” a rally and climate solutions fair to be held at Myrtle Edwards Park from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, a national day of climate action. The event, one of more than 1,300 to be held nationally, tomorrow, , will be preceded by a march along the waterfront from Occidental Park to Myrtle Edwards Park. The march begins at 2 p.m.

The goal of “Step It Up 2007” is to press Congress for a firm commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, which the scientific community predicts will stabilize the world’s climate.

Mayor Nickels has made climate protection a priority of his administration. The city is undertaking the Seattle Climate Action Plan, the most ambitious environmental initiative in the city’s history. He also launched the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 1995. To date, 452 cities in every state and the District of Columbia have signed the pledge to reduce emissions in line with the Kyoto Protocol.

In January, Nickels led more than 100 signers of the agreement to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress on serious climate policy, including a commitment to reduce emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The next deadline for applying for Neighborhood Climate Protection Fund money is July 9, 2007. To learn more about program eligibility and how to apply, call a Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager at 206-684-0464 or visit the Department of Neighborhoods at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf.

For more information on the Mayor’s Climate Action Plan, please visit www.seattle.gov/climate/

Visit the mayor’s web site at www.seattle.gov/mayor. Get the mayor’s inside view on efforts to promote transportation, public safety, economic opportunity and healthy communities by signing up for The Nickels Newsletter at www.seattle.gov/mayor/newsletter_signup.htm

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